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[review] Simble Overdrive (by rlm)

Simble

The Simble is made by Lassi Ukkonen, a Finnish guitar and amp tech. After having his way with a dumble amp for a while, he finally found the solution to get that sweet, praised, overdriven sound of the Dumble amps in a small stompbox. The result is the Simble overdrive. The pedal is built and distributed by Mad Professor, the well known Finnish effect and amp brand.Simble Overdrive

The Look

The pedal has a wooden thing going on, although it's just a print on a metal chassis. To be honest, it's not really my cup of tea, but there's no accounting for taste...

When active, a white LED is lit and it runs on 9V batteries or 9V/12V adapter. There is, however, no change in tone when using a 12V instead of 9V adapter.

[review] Dimmed Light Devices Odysseus - Radio Tube Overdrive (by Bieke)

Nothing escapes the pedal radar of Effects Database. I received an unopened box from Bart and he said : there's a pedal in it you might want to try. A handmade pedal, crafted at the foot of the Alps in Germany by Wolfgang Schwab, creator of Dimmed Light Devices...

Dimmed Light Devices Odysseus - Radio Tube OverdriveThe looks

Upon opening the box, indeed a pedal revealed itself. A kind of odd looking orange pedal, housed in a sort of transformer casing, a bit like the old Italian Mr. T pedals. But this time, it’s the DLD Radio Tube OD, with 3 controls for Level, Fuzz and Color. An orange on/off switch and a true bypass footswitch to engage the effect, In-and outputs on either side and a 9V positive center adapter plug on top. The pedal is fitted onto a baseplate made of perspex wood.

[review] Caline CP-20 Crazy Cacti (by Bieke)

Caline

Caline is another Asian brand, much like Joyo, NuX, Biyang, Mooer, Donner, ENO, DrJ and the likes, making mostly clones of classic pedals and sometimes try something different as well. Whereas the Asian competition at least try to offer something special and seek to establish some kind of indentity in the market, Caline sort of takes a no nonsense approach. The Caline pedals have no flashy paint jobs. Caline sticks to making basic effects, nothing fanciful.

So I got a Crazy Cacti pedal from Bart to try and review, I was a bit reluctant to give it a try, just from looking at it, I did not expect much.

[review] Mooer Audio Baby Tuner (by Bieke)

Mooer Audio

There is no way around it. Mooer pedals have earned their spot in the mainstream market with an abundant line of affordable mini pedals. It is a well known fact that a lot of Mooer pedals are clones of classic circuits. The usual suspects such as Ibanez, Electro-Harmonix, Boss, MXR, Digitech, Fulltone, all have been given the Mooer treatment. Mooer offers a cost friendly alternative and makes gigworthy pedals, well worth checking out, even for the more demanding players.

The Mooer Baby Tuner, well yes, is a tuner pedal...

[review] Mooer Audio SkyVerb (by Bieke)

Mooer Audio

There is no way around it. Mooer pedals have earned their spot in the mainstream market with an abundant line of affordable mini pedals. It is a well known fact that a lot of Mooer pedals are clones of classic circuits. The usual suspects such as Ibanez, Electro-Harmonix, Boss, MXR, Digitech, Fulltone, all have been given the Mooer treatment. Mooer offers a cost friendly alternative and makes gigworthy pedals, well worth checking out, even for the more demanding players.

The Mooer Sky Verb as the name suggests is a digital reverb. Another new and original addition to the ever expanding line of Mooer pedals (I lost count). Brilliant, lush reverb effect is what Mooer promises. Does it deliver?

[review] Mooer Audio MPH1 Ninety Orange - Analog Phaser (by Bieke)

Mooer Audio

There is no way around it. Mooer pedals have earned their spot in the mainstream market with an abundant line of affordable mini pedals. It is a well known fact that a lot of Mooer pedals are clones of classic circuits. The usual suspects such as Ibanez, Electro-Harmonix, Boss, MXR, Digitech, Fulltone, all have been given the Mooer treatment. Mooer offers a cost friendly alternative and makes gigworthy pedals, well worth checking out, even for the more demanding players.

Ninety Orange Analog Phaser is another obvious clone from Mooer. The Ninety Orange pedal is a phaser that replicates the classic MXR 90 phaser sounds.

[review] Mooer Audio MFL1 Elec Lady - Flanger (by Bieke)

Mooer Audio

There is no way around it. Mooer pedals have earned their spot in the mainstream market with an abundant line of affordable  mini pedals. It is a well known fact that a lot of Mooer pedals are clones of classic circuits. The usual suspects such as Ibanez, Electro-Harmonix, Boss, MXR, Digitech, Fulltone, all have been given the Mooer treatment. Mooer offers a cost friendly alternative and makes gigworthy pedals, well worth checking out, even for the more demanding players. 

At the Musikmesse earlier this year, I was gazing at an impressive wall of Mooer pedals and I spotted a couple of new ones as well.  An astonishing variety of pedals, there is not a single effect imaginable or Mooer has something to offer. So I tried a bunch of Mooer pedals and here is a review.

As you might have guessed already, the Eleclady Classic Analog Flanger is Mooer's take on the classic Electro Harmonix design, the Electric Mistress Deluxe.

[review] Mooer Audio Mod Factory (by Bieke)

Mooer Audio

There is no way around it. Mooer pedals have earned their spot in the mainstream market with an abundant line of affordable  mini pedals. It is a well known fact that a lot of Mooer pedals are clones of classic circuits. The usual suspects such as Ibanez, Electro Harmonix, Boss, MXR, Digitech, Fulltone,  all have been given the Mooer treatment. Mooer offers a cost friendly alternative and makes gigworthy pedals, well worth checking out, even for the more demanding players. 

At the Musikmesse earlier this year, I was gazing at an impressive wall of Mooer pedals and I spotted a couple of new ones as well.  An astonishing variety of pedals, there is not a single effect imaginable or Mooer has something to offer. So I tried a bunch of Mooer pedals and here is a review.

The Mod Factory is one of the newer Mooers, also one that is an original design, The Mod Factory uses a 32 bit high performance DSP chip and offers a combo of no less than eleven different effects such as chorus, flanger, phaser, envelope phaser, tremolo, stutter, vibrato, univibe, auto wah, touch wah and envelope ring modulator.

[review] Red Witch Violetta - Delay with Expression Control (by Bieke)

Red Witch Violetta

Have you ever heard of Red Witch pedals? If you have, you’re probably a bit of a pedal geek, if you haven’t, well any aspiring pedal geek should look into Red Witch pedals designed by Ben Fulton in New Zealand. Really. Red Witch has been manufacturing pedals for more than 10 years already, so chances are big you’ve heard of them. I think the first pedal was a phaser, I could be wrong but that’s the first one I remember seeing. Red Witch has been growing ever since, every year or so a new pedal was added to their range of boutique pedals. So, even if you have no ambition whatsoever to become a pedal geek, Red Witch still has a great arsenal of fine effect pedals that will help you shape your sound.

About 3 year ago, Red Witch further diversified and released the 7 Sisters, a cutesy series of seven different compact effect pedals, powered by rechargeable lithium ion batteries. A really cool idea and an astonishingly well designed series of pedals, not strictly targeted at the boutique crowd, not exactly cheap, but not really expensive either, let’s say attractively priced.

And now, more recently, Red Witch released the Violetta delay, the first pedal in the Original Chrome Series, it kind of uses the best of both Red Witch strengths, boutique sounds in a compact, rechargeable pedal.

The Looks

Looks dandy. A shiny chrome pedal, feels solid, and quite heavy even though it is really compact in size.

From the look and feel of the Violetta, I somehow get the feeling that it must sound good. Hmmm, looks can be deceiving of course, but judging from the controls and extras, this pedal seems to have a lot in store. Lovely graphics too.

The controls are :

  • Delay - delay time up to 1000ms
  • Mix – to blend wet and dry signals
  • Mod – adds modulation
  • Repeat – to go from slap back all the way to self oscillating mayhem
  • True bypass soft switch, and 2 LEDS, a status LED and a Battery Charge Indicator LED

On the right side there’s an Exp Out that lets you control the repeat level by means of an expression pedal. On the left side, you can plug in a 9V DC adapter to power the pedal or charge the internal lithium ion battery. The battery needs a 12 hour charge for starters, after which recharging will take much less time. And it is absolutely wonderful not having to bother with batteries or wall-warts to use this pedal. Really cool feature. The lithium ion batteries have a lifetime of 2 years, and if you need to replace it, you need to take off the bottom lid, and plug it into a dedicated battery socket. In- and Outputs are on top. Nice layout.

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